Hertfordshire Chartered Surveyors

What Survey?

Choosing the Right Home Survey

A home is the most expensive purchase most people ever make. As an owner you will benefit from expert advice on the condition of your property - whether you plan to live in it, rent it out or sell it.

In an RICS Home Survey an RICS member conducts an in-depth visual inspection of the property. Their report provides an expert account of the property's condition and highlights any problems in clear and easy to understand 'traffic light' ratings.

What Survey is right for you?

Different homes require different types of survey. This video and the information below explains which survey we recommend for each property type. However, you should always discuss your requirements with your surveyor who will be able to advise you further.

Having a survey conducted by an RICS member will give you:

  • Peace of mind that you know the property and the risks it may carry

  • Confidence that you can make an offer that reflects the true circumstances of the property (e.g. how an owner maintains its condition or how a vendor protects the sale)

  • Reassurance that your surveyor is delivering a high quality, reliable and cost-effective service based on RICS standards of practice

  • A clear understanding of your property thanks to a report written in plain English with simple colour-coding to illustrate the surveyor’s findings.

By commissioning an RICS Home Survey you can feel assured that the service you receive is impartial and reliable.

The below table explains each home survey we offer in more detail to help you find out which one you require. Please contact us if you have any questions.

RICS Condition Report (Survey level one)

Choose this report if you’re buying, selling or living in a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in good condition.

It focuses purely on the condition of the property by setting out the following:

  • clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing problems that require varying degrees of attention
  • a summary of the risks to the condition of the building; and other matters including guarantees, planning and building control issues for your legal advisers.

An RICS Condition Report does not include a valuation.

RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey level two)

Choose this report if you would like more extensive information whilst buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. It costs more than the Condition Report but includes:

  • all of the features in the Condition Report plus a more extensive inspection
  • the surveyor’s professional opinion on the ‘Market Value’ of the property
  • an insurance reinstatement figure for the property
  • a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the property
  • advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance
  • issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions
  • legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your conveyancing and
  • information on location, local environment and the recorded energy

Please note we currently only offer RICS HomeBuyer Reports without a valuation.

RICS Building Survey (Survey level three)

You should choose an RICS Building Survey if you’re dealing with a large, older or run-down property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works. It costs more than the other RICS reports because it gives detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property. It includes:

  • a thorough inspection and detailed report on a wider range of issues
  • a description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws
  • an outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity and
  • advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions.

An RICS Building Survey does not include a valuation.